The recent gathering of past and present Springwater residents for Punky Hollow Old Home Day was the 59th time with the first event recorded on Aug. 18, 1923, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Cook.
There were 166 present at the initial reunion and the first officers were Hugh Campbell, president; Wirt E. Wetmore, vice-president; and Jennie L. Wetmore, secretary-treasurer.
This year’s gathering was held at Harriet Hollister Park with close to 40 attending. Daisy Conrad attended both the first and the most recent Old Home Day. At 101 years old she was able to share memories of many past reunions she had attended. New officers elected this year were Ray Conrad, president; Tom Mitchell, vice-president; Sarah Furia, secretary-treasurer; and Greg Furia, entertainment.
History of past Old Home Days record that the third annual reunion was held at the Punky Hollow School House on Aug. 8, 1925 and 239 attended. Harry Shaver received $35.64 for the lumber used in making the tables and benches which were insured by the Ladies Aid along with the church sheds.
A letter written by Oscar Ray and recorded in the minutes of 1924 reads as follows: “In the middle of the 1840’s I commenced to attend school at Tabors Corners. Then it had mail by the Canandaigua-Dansville route.
The first master and others openly dealt out intoxicants in tree places near the school house. Dances were frequently with some fights. The old wood colored school house soon burned. While the new red one was being built, school was held in an old log house, that stood back of the old Hausen shop.” Signed: Oscar and Sarah Thomason Ray. P.S. “I forgot to quote the price of whiskey which was 25 cents a gallon.”
In 1932, a play called “The Morning Callers” was put on by Lizzie Cook, Margaret Peglow, Grace Wolfanger and children, and Helen Wolfanger. Rev. Montgomery Branch, a missionary of India surprised everyone with his presence and gave a very interesting talk.
A motion was made and seconded to buy an organ from Mrs. Slingerland to use at community gatherings in 1934.
There were 275 present on Aug. 1, 1936, recorded as having traveled from Wayland, Springwater, Atlanta, North Cohocton, Rochester, Canandaigua, Livonia, Naples, Fairport, Macedon, Waterloo, Red Creek, Andover, LeRoy, Ithaca, Hornell, and Angelica.
A $5 donation was given to the EUB Church in Wayland toward the chimes in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Cook in 1956. The Cooks were members of this church. Old Home Day was held on their lawn for many years.
Editor’s Note: Maxine Averill is the historian for Old Home Days and shared these happenings from the past. She adds that there is a complete secretary’s book filled with such events which they would be happy to share with interested parties and she is sure would “bring back many pleasant memories,” for a lot older residents and would serve to acquaint new members with the lengthy history.